chrischrischris chrischrischris -4 years ago 78
Python Question

How to turn this into a lambda function?

joe 10 15 20 30 40
bill 23 16 19 22
sue 8 22 17 14 32 17 24 21 2 9 11 17
grace 12 28 21 45 26 10
john 14 32 25 16 89

Using the text file studentdata.txt above, i wrote a program that calculates the average grade for each student, and prints out the student’s name along with their average grade. Here is my code:

with open('studentdata.txt','r') as f:
for line in f:

items = line.split()

total = 0

grades = items[1:]

for grade in grades:

total = total + int(grade)

print (items[0], (total/(len(grades))))

It works but I want to make it simpler using lambda functions. How would i go about doing this?

Answer Source

I would build a dictionary (using dictionary comprehension) with key: student name, and value: mean of student mark, splitting according to spaces and defining a lambda to compute the mean (passing a list comprehension of all the values to it, so it can compute sum and len on it without consuming the iterator):

with open(".txt") as f:
    data = [{item.partition(" ")[0]:(lambda x:sum(x)/len(x))([int(x) for x in item.split()[1:]])} for item in f]


[{'joe': 23.0}, {'bill': 20.0}, {'sue': 16.166666666666668}, {'grace': 23.666666666666668}, {'john': 35.2}]

str.partition is used to return the name (splits according to first space character).

So that's a one-liner including: list comprehension, dict comprehension, and lambda. Complex, but logical and performant (the split part is kind of done twice though, since data is heterogenous in the line: name & marks)

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